14 October 2006

Fast Film: Animation from Old Movies

Fast Film by Virgil Widrich is one of those rare, truly wonderful, and awe-inspiring bits of animated storytelling that reminds us all of how creativity builds on creativity.
The visuals were achieved by printing out thousands of film frames (over 65,000 to be exact) and folding them into three-dimensional shapes. The paper-objects were then photographed and composited in After Effects. I can't even imagine the effort it took to mash-up hundreds of live-action films, often times with three to four films in each scene, and make it all work in a narrative context. It's an incredible creative achievement.
The narrative makes some sort of sense in a surreal way, and is most certainly worth the thirteen-and-a-half minutes. Much more information is available on the official website.

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